I did not have the sewing machine out at all in May; everything that I was doing involved handwork.
I am playing catch-up now in regards to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. May’s color was green. I made four green blocks and a green / teal transition block and added them on to Crossroads to Jericho, which is the name of the quilt in the ‘Big Book of Scrap Quilts‘.
I finished up the green peels for May and I did start piecing some blocks for June’s color.
Meanwhile I was weeding around the tomatoes in preparation to staking them and was happy to see that my marigolds were coming up.
By now, I forget what insect I am keeping at bay by planting marigolds next to the tomatoes but I do it every year. Scattered about were myriad cicada wings. The birds eat the cicadas but they rip off the wings first.
I reside in Southwestern Pennsylvania and cicadas are something that we have in the latter part of summer. Right now we have the 17-year cicadas. This brood comes up out of the ground every 17 years in the spring, and there are a lot of them! There seem to be more and more each day. Their sound starts mid-morning and is the strongest for a few hours in the afternoon. It sounds as if aliens have landed, though I do find it to be relaxing.
“They make this sound by flexing their tymbals, which are drum-like organs found in their abdomens. Small muscles rapidly pull the tymbals in and out of shape — like a child’s click-toy. The sound is intensified by the cicada’s mostly hollow abdomen. Female and some male cicadas will also make a sound by flicking their wings, but it isn’t the same as the song cicadas are known for.” If you do not have cicadas in your part of the country, information about them and their ‘music’ can be found HERE.
Well I asked one of them to sit still for my blog post and he very nicely did. ( if you mow or weedwhack in the afternoon when they are most active, they may swarm you…the sound or vibration resonates with their mating instinct.)
You have to feel sorry for them. 17 years underground, only to come up for a few short weeks, mate, be fodder for the birds, fish, dogs, and sometimes people actually eat them as well ( roasted, etc. ) and then poof! Done for another 17 years.
I hope that this little guy makes it through and doesn’t get eaten since he was so patient while posing for me :)